Category:  2017 Recipients

 

2017 Recipient: Mountain Hollow

Rodney Wise, Mountain Hollow $6,000 — Mushroom Operation Rodney has diversified his medicinal herb farm with native and exotic mushrooms. He is growing brown oyster, elm oyster, pearl oyster and maitake mushrooms, taking the next steps to becoming a profitable business. He hopes to turn his 20-year-long farming hobby into a primary income source. He […]

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2017 Recipient: Breedlove Family Farms

Patrick Jeremy Breedlove, Breedlove Family Farms $6,000—Goat Handling Equipment  Patrick has purchased a 45-foot goat handling system that is capable of working at least 250 head of goat, since he plans to expand his 174 Myotonic goat herd. He has steadily increased his herd from 20 since he first started raising them in 2011. The system […]

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2017 Recipient: Bradley Farms

Aaron and Nicole Bradley, Bradley Farms $6,000 — Pastured Pig Feeding System Aaron and Nicole purchased a Feed Train mobile grain bin with a gasoline powered hydraulic auger to feed their 70 pastured pigs. Mechanizing the feeding of their hogs dramatically saves time—reducing labor costs by over 80 percent. Aaron and Nicole go through approximately […]

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2017 Recipient: Keeper’s Cut Meadery

Charles Myers and Kathryn Curran, Keeper’s Cut Meadery $6,000 — Meadery and Winery Charles and Kathryn have expanded their meadery and winery, for which they use honey and fruit from their farm as ingredients. They are offering sales for the first time in 2017. They have been building up to this point since 2012 when they […]

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2017 Recipient: Zimmerman’s Berry Farm

Pamela C. Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s Berry Farm $6,000 — Wood Fired Value Added Processing Pamela has eliminated most of the electricity costs associated with making homemade preserves with the installation of a wood cook stove. She makes jam out of the black raspberries, blackberries and blueberries from her three acre pick-your-own operation. Pamela uses the stove to sterilize […]

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2017 Recipient: Paper Crane Farm

Joe Evans, Paper Crane Farm $6,000 — Crop Diversification: Specialty Cut Flowers Joe has diversified his successful five-acre vegetable farm with the addition of a half-acre of cut flowers. To achieve this level of production, he has increased the mechanization of his farm with a plastic mulch layer and water wheel transplanter. With this equipment, […]

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2017 Recipient: Homemade in Marshall

Kathleen and Kevin Lane, Homemade In Marshall $6,000 — Dairy Parlor Upgrade Kate and Kevin improved their milking routine with the addition of an enclosed milk room within their existing parlor. The new milk room houses a stainless steel double sink with a 33-gallon Milkpan bulk tank. Without the bulk tank, Kate and Kevin had […]

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2017 Recipient: Doubletree Farm

Catherine Guthrie Bennett, Doubletree Farm $3,000 — Sorghum Syrup Expansion Cathy purchased equipment to streamline her sorghum syrup processing with the goal of increasing her production to 500 gallons per season. Cathy purchased a new wagon to store larger quantity of harvested cane. To ensure she has enough sorghum, she plans to recruit additional growers, […]

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2017 Recipient: Dry Ridge Farm

Graham and Wendy Brugh, Dry Ridge Farm $6,000 — Beef Expansion Graham and Wendy have added 10 beef cattle to their current eight-cow herd. They also currently farm 100 hogs, 2,000 meat chickens, 90 lambs and a 700 laying hen flock on their Mars Hill property, and have just started leasing 60 additional acres in Weaverville to […]

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2017 Recipient: Bee Kind Family Farm

Robert and Jaime Cool, Bee Kind Family Farm $3,000 — Apiary Expansion Robert and Jaime have added 20 new bee colonies to their 60-hive chemical treatment-free yard with the hopes of doubling honey production in the future. The additional colonies also strengthen the overall gene pool of their bees, ultimately helping boost bee survival. Robert […]

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